Recreational Cannabis Now Legal in Oregon, Unlimited Hemp Cultivation Now Legal in Connecticut

marijuana plant 400With the clocks striking midnight, July 1st is now upon us and laws legalizing cannabis and hemp have taken effect in Oregon and Connecticut.

In Oregon, it is now entirely legal for anyone 21 and older to possess up to half a pound of cannabis at a private residence, or up to an ounce of cannabis in public. They’re also allowed to cultivate up to four plants for personal use. This is due to portions of Measure 91, approved by voters last year, taking effect.

In Connecticut, thanks to House Bill 5780, it’s now legal to cultivate an unlimited amount of hemp without first receiving a license from the state. Under the new law, hemp, which is defined as having no more than 1% THC, is treated like other agricultural products such as tomatoes.

Oregon’s Measure 91 also legalizes recreational cannabis retail outlets, though they’re not expected to open until next year. However, the state’s Senate yesterday passed a measure that would allow cannabis sales to begin through dispensaries this October.

Oregon has now become the fourth state in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis, and Connecticut has become the 14th to legalize hemp.


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